"Yeah, I was disappointed, but that’s me knowing the business part of that system. Who wouldn’t want to come back to the team that drafted them? But that’s in the past, and I won a Super Bowl with them. I give them credit for teaching me things. But this is my new team," Mario told reporters today.
He said that he almost signed withe the Rams and that the prospect of playing with Peyton Manning did not sway his decision towards the Bay Area...
"I thought he was coming to the 49ers but he didn't, he went to Denver. So good luck with him with there, and I just wish everything the best for him. We have Alex Smith -- he's a great player and he played good last year...I knew it was a possibility but I wasn't picking them because of that."
Mario was picking the Niners predominantly for the fact they can get him back to the Super Bowl. He cited the oppressive style of defense San Fran employs....
"They swarm. They hit you. They cover you," Manningham said. They’ve got the best linebacking corps in the league -- if not the best at the top, and athletic defensive backs. The D-line, they’re all real good. It's a great defense out there."
Manningham does have something in common with the Niners. He and head coach Jim Harbaugh both hail from the University of Michigan....
"When I first met coach, we talked to each other about where we’re from...I’m glad we had a connection like that. I hope he knows my toughness and what I can do."
Manningham's deal is for two years at around $4 million per. He appears happy, landing on his feet in a good situation.
"I wanted to go to the 49ers, that's the team I wanted to go to," he said during the conference call.
We believe him. That is, after the Giants.